For a moment, sit back and visualize something for me.
Visualize living in a small country situated on a peninsula, with your sworn national enemies residing in the direct pathway to the mainland of Asia. Your trade routes are almost exclusively air and sea because of this, and even then, your seamen (no laughing, this is serious) are at risk
after the bitter, bloody war about 50 years ago that separated your peninsular nation, the North decides to pour the lion's share of their economic "earnings" into military equipment and research. As a result of the stalemate, the North became bitter and decided that at one point in time, Korea will be reunited... under their rule.
to ensure this, they parked 11,000 artillery weapons pointed at over 10 million citizens in your capital city
and boast about their nuclear weapons program.
are you scared yet? you should be.
Now take a step back- realize (well, most of you anyways) that you are a US citizen. Your nation is not directly threatened (at least not yet.) However, you have some thousands of troops stationed on this peninsula. Realize that the peninsula is too small to respond to a nuclear attack with our larger weapons... though that is precicely why we are developing tinier nukes
. And that any conventional force deployed would have to face the world's fourth-largest standing army. If they wanted to, the DPRK could launch missiles at Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand, parts of Alaska and parts of eastern Russia
. Those missiles can carry any type of payload the DPRK desires, including nuclear. And there is not a whole lot we could do to stop them.
so what say you? given the sensitive situation of our troops present in the face of an immense threat, what needs to happen? is North Korea out of control? Is there any acceptable way to negotiate peace? or would a carefully executed war be an exercise in justice and virtue?
this topic should come as little surprise
to everyone. Even if the blast wasn't nuclear (I mean come on, you'd know instantly if it was or not, and people are sayin it's "unclear?" I call shenanigans... especially during the WoT. They wouldn't even tell us if it was) it is still an inevitability that the DPRK will possess this technology in the near future.
what should we do?
anxiously awaiting information on this one
-Chris from NH